NEW YORK – The future hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will come from a list of 16 celibate priests known as Archimandrites, which was posted on the official website of the Archdiocese. One of them, Fr. Spencer Kezios comes from the married clergy and he is presently a widower.
The Archdiocesan announcement follows:
“In accordance with Article 14 of the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the pertinent Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Archdiocese publishes a list of candidates eligible for election to the Office of Metropolitan or Auxiliary Bishop. This list has recently been duly ratified by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with an official document dated September 7, 2020, under protocol number 575. The names of the eligible candidates are as follows:
Archimandrite John E. Constantine, chancellor of the Metropolis of San Francisco. (Photo by Metropolis of San Francisco)
V. Rev. Dionysios Anagnostopoulos; V. Rev. Timothy Bakakos; V. Rev. Ambrosios Bitziadis (Bowers);
V. Rev. John E. Constantine; V. Rev. Nektarios Cottros; V. Rev. Athanasios DeMedeiros; V. Rev. Chrysostomos Gilbert; V. Rev. Spencer Kezios; V. Rev. Stavroforos Mamaies; V. Rev. Christodoulos Margellos; V. Rev. Constantine Moralis; V. Rev. Makarios J. Niakaros; V. Rev. Chrysostomos Panos;
V. Rev. Christodoulos Papadeas; V. Rev. Nektarios Papazafiropoulos; V. Rev. Iakovos Roditis.”